Queensland moves to toughen 'revenge porn' laws
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Queensland moves to toughen 'revenge porn' laws

Sharing or even threatening to share compromising images of another person in Queensland could soon see perpetrators jailed for up to three years.

Attorney-general Yvette D'Ath has introduced legislation into the Queensland Parliament, saying so-called "revenge porn" would soon have "serious consequences".

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath speaks in Parliament on Wednesday.

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath speaks in Parliament on Wednesday.Credit:AAP

She said the practice often amounted to domestic violence which disproportionately affected women and girls.

"The distribution of intimate images without consent as a form of abuse goes beyond the breakdown of relationships," Ms D'Ath said on Wednesday.

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"It is a weapon that can be used to hurt, humiliate, coerce and intimidate a victim in countless contexts."

Under the changes to current laws, it would become an offence not just to share compromising images of another person, but also threatening to share them with offenders and would be punishable with up to three years in prison.

The bill also has provisions to force an offender to remove, where possible, revenge porn images they posted online.

Currently Queensland only has provision to prosecute someone if they specifically try to blackmail another person.

The bill will now be considered by the Legal Affairs and Safety Committee.

The federal government last week introduced its own version of revenge porn laws to the House of Representatives, including measures which could see those convicted jailed for up to seven years.

Ms D'Ath said the state laws would work in conjunction with the federal changes.

AAP